Friday, June 30, 2006

98514 Gunner Thomas Homewood, 41st Trench Mortar Bty RFA

In October 1914, Chailey Parish Magazine notes that Thomas Homewood is serving his King and Country. He was Thomas William W Homewood whose birth was registered at Lewes in the December quarter of 1893. He appears on the 1901 census of England and Wales living at South Street, Chailey with his family. The household comprised Thomas Homewood (head, aged 47, working as a wood turner), his wife Mary Jane Homewood (aged 45) and three children: Unice Homewood (aged 13), Thomas (aged seven) and Richard Homewood (aged four).

According to Soldiers Died in the Great War, Thomas enlisted at Lewes. In November 1915, the parish magazine notes, Homewood, Gnr T, RFA, Dardanelles but by February 1916 is announcing that he has been invalided. In April 1916 it announced that he was invalided and in England but he obviously recovered sufficiently to return overseas.

In June 1916 the parish magazine notes that he has been invalided and is in France. The second part of that statement was probably true, the first part obviously not.

98514 Gunner Thomas Homewood was killed in action on 30th June 1916 whilst serving with "Y" 41st Trench Mortar Battery, Royal Field Artillery. He is buried in Berks Cemetery Extension, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium; grave reference: I.E.17. The Commonwealth War Graves’ Commission’s Debt of Honour Register adds the additional information that he was the son of Thomas and Mary Homewood of Chailey.

On July 14th 1916 The East Sussex News published news of his death:

Mr and Mrs T Homewood of Symonds Farm, Chailey have received information that their eldest son, Private T Homewood of the RFA has been killed in France. Before joining the army he was employed at the Farmers’ Co-operative Association offices at Lewes and was a member of the Lewes Athletic Football Club.

The following month, Reverend Jellicoe added his name to the Parish Roll of Honour, incorrectly noting however that he had been killed on the 30th July rather than June.

Medal index card courtesy of Ancestry.

Heasman Family Losses

I have been building a database of Sussex enlistments during the First World War. Whilst transcribing details for the 11th Battalion (1st South Downs) Royal Sussex Regiment, I came across three Heasman men who had lost their lives in the First World War. Heasman is a name I am very familiar with.  I have researched Albert, Frederick and Gilbert Heasman and I was saddened to see that another Sussex Heasman family had suffered such devastating losses.

I have not researched this "new" Heasman family in great depth but, as a small token to commemorate the men's sacrifice, this is what I have found.

Leonard, John (recorded as "Thomas" by Soldiers Died in The Great War and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission), Ernest and Edgar Heasman enlisted with the 11th Sussex Regiment in August 1914. They enlisted together and were given the service numbers SD/686 to SD/689 respectively.

Edgar (born in Shipley in 1876), Thomas (born in Shipley in 1885) and Ernest (also born in Shipley in 1887) were the sons of Harry and Susan Heasman. Leonard (born in Forest Row around 1891) was their cousin, the son of John and Alice Olive Heasman.

Leonard was killed in action on 30th June 1916 and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial. He was 25 years old. Just over two months later his two cousins Thomas and Edgar were killed in action on the same day: 3rd September 1916. Thomas is buried at Serre Road Cemetery No 1; grave reference VII H 1 while Edgar, like Leonard, has no known grave and is commemorated on pier and face 7C of the Thiepval Memorial. Edgar and Thomas (recorded as John) are listed on a stone tablet at St Mary The Virgin Church, Shipley, Sussex along with 19 other men from the village who lost their lives during WW1.

Anybody who has more information on these men, please post a comment. Time alone prevents me from researching their stories more fully.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

G/2658 Pte George Cheeseman, Royal Fusiliers

George Cheeseman appears on the 1901 census of England and Wales as a six year old living with his family at South Street, Chailey. The household comprised Julian Cheeseman (head, a 36 year old Chailey-born farmer), his wife Mary Jane Cheeseman (also aged 36, born in Glyndebourne) and their four children: Julian Cheeseman (aged 11), Flora Cheeseman (aged nine), George, and Laura Cheeseman (aged one). All four children had been born in Chailey.

There were also at least two other children. The 1891 census notes five year old Catherine Annie Cheesman [sic] and her three year old sister, Mabel Ellen Cheesman [sic]. Mabel Ellen appears on the 1901 census working as a general domestic servant at the home of William Parks in Chailey Village but I have been unable to trace her older sister. George’s brother Julian is recorded on the 1901 census as being blind but there is no mention of this disability on the 1891 census.

Soldiers Died in The Great War tells us that George Cheeseman enlisted with the Royal Fusiliers in Hounslow, Middlesex and gave his place of residence as Brighton. He was given the number G/2658 and posted to the 2nd Battalion.

Chailey Parish Magazine first mentions him in October 1915, noting that he is serving in the Dardanelles but in actual fact he had already been dead for at least three months by the time this information appeared. He was killed in action on 28th June 1915 aged 21. His body was never identified and he is commemorated on panel 8 of the Helles Memorial. Chailey Parish Magazine records him as missing in its January – April 1916 issues but includes him in its roll of honour published in May 1916. The magazine states that Cheeseman died of wounds and gives his date of death (incorrectly) as 14th June 1915. In November 1916 the parish magazine adds that George Cheeseman was Mentioned in Despatches whilst in Egypt.

The Commonwealth War Graves’ Commission adds the additional information that he was the son of Mary J Harding (formerly Cheeseman), of 1 Aberdeen Road, Brighton, and the late Julian Cheeseman.

Medal index card courtesy of Ancestry.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Remembering Arthur Tully

On this day, 23rd June 1918, Arthur Tully died of wounds. He was born at Ardingley, Sussex about 1897/98 and enlisted at Brighton, almost certainly under age. He was presumably working in Chailey as the parish magazine first notes him in July 1915 as serving his King and Country.

In October that year it notes that he is a private with the 3rd Royal Sussex Regiment in England and up until December 1917 he is still noted as serving with the 3rd Battalion. It seems likley that he was held back in England until he was old enough to serve abroad. He disappears from the parish magazine between January and August 1918, only to re-appear in the roll of honour in September 1918 as Pte A Tully, 7th Royal Sussex, died of wounds, June 23rd 1918 in France.

The National Archives and The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) note his army service number as LSR/2295 while Soldiers Died in The Great War (SD) records it as S/2296. SD also notes that he died of wounds while CWGC adds the aditional information that he was the brother of Mary Tully of 50, Hewins Cottage, Cooksbridge, nr Lewes, Sussex.

Arthur was 20 years old when he died and is buried at Varennes Military Cemetery, France, reference: III.1.5. Although born at Ardingley, his name does not appear on the war memorial there but he is commemorated on the memorial at Chailey.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

A new name added - and a new face

I have added a page for John Ellis after I was contacted by his granddaughter. Although his name does not appear in Chailey's parish magazine as being connected to the parish, his brother William Ellis, certainly was. I am more than happy though to commemorate John on my website and will apply the same artistic licence to "connected to" that Reverend Jellicoe used 92 years ago. The three Ellis brothers (Searles was the third brother), were almost certainly career soldiers but only two of them would survive the war. John was killed in action in August 1917 during the Battle of Passchendaele and is commemorated on the Menin Gate and the war memorial at Fletching, Sussex where he was born and lived. In due course I will include additional information on his page about the battle in which he was killed.

I have also added a photo to William James Brazier's page after a fellow member of the Great War Forum contacted me. Precise information about the circumstances of his death have also been included. The photo may not be that of Corporal Brazier however and verification is needed.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Sussex 54 VAD: Roll Call

The following personnel served with Sussex 54 VAD during the First World War, 1914-1918 and nursed sick and wounded soldiers at Hickwells and Beechland House (Beechlands), Chailey:

Miss or Mrs BEST, Cook
Miss Frances Issabel BLENCOWE, Nurse and Commandant
Mrs Mabel Frances BLENCOWE, Quartermaster
Miss Margaret Penelope BLENCOWE, Nurse
Mrs Emily BRYANT, Nurse
Miss Susan Margaret COTESWORTH, Commandant
Miss or Mrs CURTIS, Cook
Miss Jessie Mary FENN, Nurse
Miss Alice Kathleen FENN, Nurse
Miss A GANDER, Assistant Quartermaster
Miss or Mrs GASTON, Nurse
Miss Helen Marian GREEN, Nurse
Miss Marina Edith Boune GROUNDS, Nurse
Miss Unis Reta Boune GROUNDS, Nurse
Miss Rose A HANCOCK, Nurse
Miss Dorothy Austen HOLCROFT, Clerk
Miss Emily Morris MARSHALL, Matron
Miss Edith OLIVER, Nurse
Dr William Stewart ORTON, Medical Officer
Sister OSMUND, Lady Superintendent
Miss Alice POINTING, Cook
Miss Kathleen Etheldred POWNALL Nurse
Miss or Mrs ROOTES, Nurse
Miss Marguerite Harriet SANDFORD, Nurse
Miss Rose Beatrice SMYTHE, Nurse
Mrs Ada Elizabeth WEST, Nurse
Dr H R WHITEHEAD, Surgeon General
Miss or Mrs O WILSON, Nurse

Corporal Henry Alfred Brooks

Today I remember Corporal Henry Alfred Brooks who was killed in action in Italy, eighty eight years ago today. This is his story:

Henry Alfred Brooks was born in Chailey about November 1895. When the 1901 census was taken, he was a five year old living at home in Balneath, Barcombe with his younger brother Ernest Edward Brooks (aged two) and his parents. His father, Alfred Brooks, born in East Chiltington, was a 26 year old brickyard labourer. His mother, Sarah Brooks, aged 27 had been born in Barcombe, as had Ernest. Later, a daughter – Daisy Margaret Brooks, born around 1902 – would complete the family.

According to Soldiers Died in the Great War, at the time of his enlistment Henry was living in Chailey although he actually enlisted at Brighton. This is confirmed by his surviving army papers which exist as a burnt document at the National Archives in London.

On 25th January 1915, aged 19 years and three months, Henry Alfred Brooks enlisted in the Army Vertinary Corps (AVC) at Brighton and was given the service number 4482. He was five feet six inches tall and weighed 148lbs. He gave his trade or occupation as “carter”. He was deemed fit and up to standard by the officer examining him and there was a recommendation which read that he was a “smart young man, intelligent and of good appearance.”

The following day his enlistment for the AVC was approved and he was duly enlisted a few days later on 1st February. The following month, Chailey Parish Magazine noted that he was serving his King and Country.

At some point prior to embarking for France, Henry was appointed acting sergeant. He embarked at Folkestone on 19th July 1916, disembarking at Boulogne. On 4th October 1916 he was appointed paid lance-sergeant while in the field but was deprived of this stripe on 9th May 1917 for being absent from his stable at 5.35am and for handing over his party without permission.

On 29th September 1917 he was transferred to the 9th York and Lancaster Regiment (70th Brigade, 23rd Division), although the reason for this transfer, given on his official papers, is obscured and damaged now. Chailey Parish Magazine noted in December 1917 that he was now a corporal with the Yorks and Lancs, Henry having been allowed to keep his NCO rank when he moved from the AVC.

In November 1917 the division moved to the Italian Front and it was here, on 15th June 1918, that 33870 Corporal Henry Alfred Books was killed in action. He is buried at Granezza British Cemetery (Plot I, Row D, Grave 10). The Commonwealth War Graves’ Commision’s Debt of Honour Register also notes that he was the son of Sarah Brooks of Gate Cottage, Balneath, Chailey near Lewes.

On 15th September 1919 on Army Form W. 5080 (a statement of the names and addresses of all the relatives of Henry Alfred Brooks then living), the following information was recorded:

Father: Alfred Brooks, Gate Cottage, Balneath, Chailey
Mother: Sarah Brooks [address as above]
Full Blood brother: Ernest Edward Brooks, Age 21 [address as above]
Full Blood sister: Daisy Margaret Brooks, Age 17 [address as above]

The information was declared correct by Sarah Brooks. Henry’s younger brother Ernest Edward Brooks also served his King & Country during the First World War.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Chailey Men Updated

I've added photos to the pages of Cecil Langridge and Sidney Bristow two of Chailey's men who lost their lives aboard HMS Invincible at The Battle of Jutland on 31st May 1916. I don't have photos of the men but I have included shots of their names on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. These come courtesy of the British War Memorial Project, an excellent initiative run by volunteers which is building an online archive of photographs of graves and memorial inscriptions of British servicemen and women who have died for their country since 1914. The project is always looking for volunteers so if you can help, please contact them.

I have also updated Claude Ireland's page with a newpaper cutting from October 1917 reporting his death in action. The cutting includes a poignant letter from his commanding officer.

More links have also been added that point towards the war dead of Stevenage in Hertfordshire and to growing on-line databases of war memorials and cemeteries in the United Kingdom, Belgium and France. There are some great on-line resources for WW1 and they are growing all the time.

Newick's WW1 Fallen Remembered

I have been contacted by Simon Stevens who is researching the men of Newick, Sussex who fell during WW1. It was to Beechland House in Newick that Sussex 54 VAD moved in June 1916 after nursing wounded soldiers for fifteen months at Hickwells in Chailey. Geographically, Newick lies adjacent and to the east of North Chailey but falls outside Chailey parish boundaries.

Working from original source material that includes photos of many of Newick's fallen, and with the support of the Newick branch of the Royal British Legion and others, Simon intends to publish a printed record of men from the village who made the supreme sacrifice. An expanded version of his research may also be published on-line.

Although Reverend Jellicoe, rector of St Peter's in Chailey was scrupulous about who he did and did not include in the parish magazine's roll of serving men, I have four Newick men who appear on my roll of honour: Owen Hobden and his brother Frederick Hobden and Frederick Smith and his brother George Smith.

Details of Newick's fallen can be found HERE on the Roll of Honour website. Anybody who can add further information about any of Newick's men should contact Simon HERE.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Lt Sigurd Harold Macculloch

Thanks to fellow Great War Forum member Martin Harvey, I have been able to add a photograph of Sigurd Harold Macculloch's last resting place at Mailly-Maillet on the Somme. Harold died of wounds on 20th December 1915.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Head Gardener & Military Service

Ninety years ago today the East Sussex News published a small report under the headline above. It read:

At the sitting of the County Appeal Tribunal at Lewes last Thursday, the Military appealed in the case of F W Shepherd, gardener in the employ of Mr W G Cotesworth of Roeheath who was granted conditional exemption from military service by the Chailey Rural District Tribunal while remaining in his present occupation. Mr Cotesworth attended in support of the decision of the local Tribunal. The Tribunal granted the appeal, but allowed the man exemption for six weeks.

William Greaves Cotesworth was the head of the household at Roeheath and a very wealthy man indeed. He had lived at Roeheath certainly since 1891 and is recorded on the census for that year with his wife, three children and 12 servants. By 1901 however both his wife and one of his daughters had died. Nevertheless, ten servants still attended the family. When he died in 1924, William left unsettled property of the gross value of nearly £100,000 - the equivalent of £3.6 million today.

William's son, Charles Hext Cotesworth served as a captain with the 21st Lancers during the First World War and his daughter Margaret Cotesworth was commandant of Sussex 54 VAD (and a leading light in the Chailey community as a whole).

FW Shepherd mentioned in the newspaper article above, served with the Royal Garrison Artillery and appears to have survived the war although little else is known about him.

Further extensive information on the Cotesworth family appears on the main website:

Thursday, June 08, 2006

More on Chailey's First World War Dead

Lieutenant Gerald Sclater Ingram, killed in action on 21st October 1914, was Chailey's first fatality. He was connected to the parish by dint of the fact that at one stage he had lived at Ades mansion on Cinder Hill but he had almost certainly moved away from Chailey some years before the war started. Ten days after Lieutenant Ingram was killed, Private Charles Wood of the 2nd King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry was also killed in action. Charles had been born in Chailey in 1889 but the parish magazine did not add his name to its Roll of Honour until May 1918. Four days after Charles Wood was killed, Trooper Frederick Drummond of the East African Mounted Rifles was killed in a skirmish in the Longido Hills, Africa. A brass plaque in the now redundant St Mary's Church in Chailey records his sacrifice.

Six Chailey men lost their lives in 1915. In 1916, 13 more men were killed and in 1917, another 17 men died. In 1918, Chailey suffered its worst year of the war with 20 men being killed in action or dying of sickness or wounds. That brought the total to 59. In 1920, with the war memorial on Chailey Village Green almost completed, Frederick Albert Jonathon Wood, formerly of the Army Veterinary Corps, died of either a war related injury or sickness (I have been unable to determine which). His name was added to the Roll.

The blackest months for the parish were August and September. In later years, parishioners would remember 18 men who died between 4th August and 29th September. George Turner of the 9th Royal Sussex Regiment and Robert Jessop of the 1st Rifle Brigade died on 23rd August; George in 1916, Robert in 1918. Arthur Snelling of the King's Royal Rifle Corps and Thomas Chatfield of the Lancashire Fusiliers were both killed towards the end of the war on 25th August 1918 while Charles Jarrett Willey of the 12th Suffolk Regiment and Frederick Heasman of the 13th MGC, Australian Imperial Force were both killed on 26th September 1917. Frederick is commemorated on the Menin Gate at Ypres, Charles on the Thiepval Memorial on the Somme.

United by their parish, a number of Chailey's men are also united in death. William Brazier, Alfred Bird, Frederick Smith, John Ford, Charles Buckwell and William Spice are all commemorated on the Arras Memorial. Robert Jessop and George Trayton Washer are commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Frederick Heasman and Gerald Ingram on the Menin Gate at Ypres; Cecil Langridge and Sidney Bristow on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial; Albert Thompsett, Edward Wells and Alexander Plummer on the Pozieres Memorial and Harry Gates, Frederick Cottingham, Thomas Wood, George and Henry Saunders and Charles Willey on the Thiepval Memorial on The Somme. No fewer than 27 of Chailey's men have no known grave.

In future years, the loss of Chailey's men would be keenly felt both by their families and their parish; a story repeated in villages, towns and cities throughout the United Kingdom.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Chailey's Toll

The biographies of 358 men connected with Chailey Parish, appear on my website. Sixty of these men were killed in action or died of wounds or sickness. They lie in cemeteries or are commemorated on memorials in Belgium, England, France, Iraq, Italy, Kenya and Turkey.

Of the 60 men who died, 49 appear on the war memorial on Chailey Village Green. Some are also mentioned on other local memorials. Of the eleven men who are not mentioned, eight would seem to have a reasonable claim to a place and one of these - Sigurd Macculloch - is recorded on the memorial tablet inside St Peter's Church.

Some families paid an extremely heavy price. The Plummer family lost three sons while the Smith family from neighbouring Newick, lost four sons. I have included George Spencer Smith and Frederick James Smith on my website although they were actually from Newick. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission's Debt of Honour Register records their address as Colonel's Bank, Chailey although it should be Cornwell's Bank, Newick. All four brothers are commemorated on the Newick War Memorial. Their parents had nine children, eight of them boys and, from 1915 until 1918, they lost one son every year to the First World War. Three of their sons have no known graves and are commemorated on the memorials at Tyne Cot (Belgium), Lone Pine (Gallipoli) and Arras (France).

Monday, June 05, 2006

Latest News

Thanks to relatives of some of the men whose biographies appear on the website, I have been able to update the information on Alfred and Harry Bird, Charles Jenner, William Jenner, Thomas Deadman, Ernest Fenn, Timothy Towner, Herbert Langridge, Horace Blackman, G Constable, Charles Dudman, George Buckwell, Frederick Bray, Sydney Crowhurst, Edwin Baldock, Percy Ireland, Charles Sabourin, Joseph Spruce, Horace Wood, Richard Roffe, Albert Heasman, Frederick Heasman and Gilbert Heasman, Henry Downing, Charles Day Beard, Frank Mainwood and William Mainwood and Percy Pateman. The biographies for Sidney Best, Reverend Jellicoe and Arthur Langridge MSM have been updated with information published in The Times newspaper.

Photos of Reginald Pimble, Joseph Spruce, Alfred Bird and Harry Bird, Thomas Deadman, Arthur Horscroft, William Jenner, Horace Wood, Henry Downing, Albert Heasman, Frederick and Gilbert Heasman have been added to their pages.

Another album kept by a Sussex 54 VAD nurse has also come to light. Rose Smyth kept a small album during the First World War and the convalescent soldiers who left their marks in it have been added to The Patients page on this site. Full biographies of all Nurse Smythe's patients will be added in due course but in the meantime a new biography for Thomas Skurray has been added to the Patients' section of the site. Thomas's entry appears in Nurse Rose Smythe's album. He was a relative of hers and although not a patient at Hickwells or Beechland House, his story is included here. Thomas was a Kitchener volunteer who was killed in action in August 1915, one of the 6th Berkshire Regiment's early casualties.

Biographies have been added for three of the Sussex 54 VAD nurses: Miss Kathleen Fenn, her sister Miss Jessie Fenn and Mrs Emily Bryant. There are still some members of the Detachment about whom I know nothing at all and their stories certainly warrant telling.

Thanks to everyone who has contacted me to date.

Charles Lee and John Thurgood

Chailey Parish magazine first mentions 6565 Private Charles Lee in its November 1916 issue, reporting him as Lee, Private C, 3rd Royal Sussex, England. In the following month’s issue he is reported simply as Lee, Private C, 3rd Royal Sussex.

Soldiers Died In The Great War records that he enlisted at Henley in Surrey. The 3rd Royal Sussex was the reserve battalion which remained in England throughout the war. At some stage however, Charles must have been posted to the 11th battalion (116th Brigade, 39th Division) because he was killed whilst serving with this unit on Sunday 3rd June 1917. It was not until December 1917 however, that his name was recorded in the Chailey Parish magazine roll of honour. The information was recorded, incorrectly, as Private C Lee, 3rd Royal Sussex, killed in action, June 2nd 1917, in France.

The 11th Royal Sussex was also known as the 1st South Downs Battalion and had been formed on 7th September 1914 by Lieutenant Colonel Claude Lowther MP. All original enlistments (and there were 1,100 of them in under three days), were given an SD (South Downs) prefix to their regimental number. The National Archive in London and Soldiers Died In The Great War record Lee’s number as G/6565 although The Commonwealth War Graves’ Commission’s Debt of Honour Register omits this prefix.

At the time of his death, Charles Lee was married to Florence Lee and was living in Chailey. He was 31 years old. He is buried in Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery in Ypres (VII F 4). On his tombstone are written the words: “UNTIL THE DAY BREAK / AND THE SHADOWS FLEE AWAY”.

801298 Gunner John William Thurgood was a patient at Beechland House Hospital, Newick (near Chailey) at some time between November 1917 and March 1918. His entry in Nurse Oliver’s album, which has been heavily overwritten in blue biro at a later date, reads:

801298 Gnr J W Thurgood
C/295 Brdg RFA

He was born around February 1890, probably in or around Grimsby in Lincolnshire and was the son of John and Elizabeth Thurgood.

He attested with the 2/1st North Midland Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery on 19th May 1915 and was given the army service number 1722. This was a Territorial Force unit and C/295 (or C/CCXCV Bde as it is more correctly written) had its origins in the Grimsby and Cleethorpes area of England. A medical inspection noted that John was 25 years and 101 days old and was five feet, ten inches tall. He was passed fit for service.

His badly damaged service record exists at the National Archives in London and although much of the information is unclear or obliterated, it is possible to piece together his basic service history. He remained in England until March 1917 and, when the Territorial Force was re-numbered in February 1917, was given the number he quotes in Nurse Oliver’s album: 801298. On 21st June 1915 he was posted to the 3rd Battery and on 11th March the following year was married. His wife’s Christian name appears to be Grace but the document is badly damaged and it is difficult to make out here maiden name. On 11th March 1917 he wrote a will leaving his estate to his wife and, two days later, was in France.

He remained in France until 28th October 1917 when he was either wounded or gassed, probably at Passchendaele. His service record is again unclear but it would appear that he came home to recuperate and it was during this period that he spent time at Beechland House in Newick.

On 30th March 1918 he was back in France and remained there until 28th October 1918. It would appear that he returned to England probably suffering from trench fever. “PUO” is written on his papers and he spent time at a number of hospitals including military hospitals at Colchester and Purfleet. By this stage, relations with his wife had already broken down and on 6th April 1918 he stopped allowances to her and also written another will leaving his estate to his mother.

John was discharged from the army on 6th March 1919 but died of appendicitis three months later on 4th June 1919. He is buried under a Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) headstone at Grimsby (Scartho Road) Cemetery; grave reference: 57.I.15. The CWGC gives the additional information (also included on his service papers) that he was the son of John and Elizabeth Thurgood of 7 Pyewipe Road, West Marsh, Grimsby.

Today, 89 and 87 years later respectively, I remember Charles Lee and John Thurgood.